Disclaimer:  Subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences.  If you see me in a certain light (professional, or otherwise) that you are not willing to have slightly altered, skip this post… LOL… Or don’t think of it like it’s me, think of it like you’re reading a funny book or something…

To shave, or not to shave…  That is the question…

Soooooo….  I’ve been having this internal argument with myself… I’m going on day 12 here in India and am in desperate need of a shave! I’ve talked to the other girls about it, and they aren’t worried about shaving at all…  Although, the other girls are full on, 100% free spirits, whereas I am, part free spirit, part practical paranoid….  Yes, I’m like 70% free spirit, 30% practical…  Ok, ok, maybe it’s more like 60/40….  Oh, who are you kidding Eryn, you’re 50/50 at best…

I said to Sigrid (Siggy), “But the water is no good, right?  So, if I were to cut myself, I would certainly catch something, right?” What is it you’re actually worried about in that water anyway? Bacteria?  Viruses?  Parasites? Or, the dreaded answer, all of the above?  Hmmm…

Siggy says in her Aussie accent, “Oh, don’t worry about it, it’s fine!  Plus the likelihood that you’d cut yourself is so small.” Then she says, “No, no, just say screw it and embrace the hairiness!   Yeah, just go with it, be free.”

But I can’t stand it anymore! I broke down almost right away when I got here and dry shaved my pits… No worries there…  But that just doesn’t work for my legs… and my – ummm lower region… And I don’t think I can wait until I move on to a non third world country with clean water…   But I can hardly stand my legs anymore and I don’t really want to rock the 1970’s playboy bush, you know?

This whole dilemma has me questioning the vanity aspect of the entire shaving routine and where this silly tradition came from anyway…  I mean, shaving is a total pain in the ass… I don’t know one woman who likes shaving… And, didn’t God create us with hair for a reason?  There has to be a good explanation for that!  For example, our eyelashes are meant to keep debris out of our eyes, yes? Same with nose hairs – they are a filter to keep diseased particles, etc. out of our respiratory system, yes? I mean, what if exposing our pores like that is allowing toxins to enter our body at an accelerated rate and it inadvertently causes cancer or some other crazy disease/affliction? NBC World News Tonight reports that shaving legs is now proven to cause cancer… Rejoice, rejoice, no more shaving!!!!   Ummm doubtful, Eryn…

Hmmm what to do, what to do… Should I go with American tradition and risk bacterial infection?  Or embrace the hippy culture that is all around me and let it be? Let it be, let it be, let it beee, ohhh let it be…  Beatles song plays in my mind…  For now, I will continue the argument with myself…  I’m sure you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation of the outcome…. NOT…

P.S.  I’m going on my second shower with cold water now… Grrr… Not sure what’s changed from last week to this week, but I am missing my hot water! As I put on my, only for the shower-flip flops, I cringe to step into the cold water and wonder if one of the hepatitises is crawling around on my bathroom floor… (Don’t worry, I’m vaccinated)  Ahhh, the challenges of third world living continues…

Stay tuned to, As the World Turns in India, for the answer to this, and many more of your burning questions about my travel experiences…. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

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